FUN FRIDAY: Foreign language bean bag games

Diane at Foreign Language Fun has shared these cute games to play with your little ones but I can see playing them with kids at any age (even in high school). All of her bean bag games are designed to teach simple concepts like numbers, letters and body parts- words that all new foreign language […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Keyboard symbol sort

Sorts are a great way to informally assess all students, but they work especially well for those who can’t write independently and need an alternate way to show what they know. Lori Faas at Bee the Change uses sorts not just for letters and numbers, but for keyboard symbols that are new to her students. […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Keyboard symbol sort

Sorts are a great way to informally assess all students, but they work especially well for those who can’t write independently and need an alternate way to show what they know. Lori Faas at Bee the Change uses sorts not just for letters and numbers, but for keyboard symbols that are new to her students. […]

I am Ida B. Wells

You may have seen the “I Am” poem generator at How to Write an “I Am” Poem. It asks for how a person feels, what they dream about, worry about, and so on and turns these responses into a complete poem. This tool will offer a fun alternative to traditional pre-writing tasks for all learners, […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Powerful PowerPoints

We thought some of you would be interested in some tips for creating better PowerPoint presentations so we went straight to the experts at Presentation Zen. These ideas may help you communicate content more effectively (especially for content that is more complex in the upper grades). Consider that many learners with autism think in pictures […]

Is your math lesson Taboo?

Many times students are able to give you a definition of a math term, but they do not really understand the concept. Challenge them to sharpen their understanding of certain terms and concepts with a game of Math Taboo. We lifted this idea from a high school teacher in Brooklyn who uses Taboo¬†with his ELL […]

Is your math lesson Taboo?

Many times students are able to give you a definition of a math term, but they do not really understand the concept. Challenge them to sharpen their understanding of certain terms and concepts with a game of Math Taboo. We lifted this idea from a high school teacher in Brooklyn who uses Taboo¬†with his ELL […]

Differentiating instruction for ELLs

Today, we are sharing strategies from Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian for differentiating instruction for your English language learners. Judie and Debbie offer seven strategies, from cooperative learning and grouping to modifying vocabulary.

I am Ida B. Wells

You may have seen the “I Am” poem generator at How to Write an “I Am” Poem. It asks for how a person feels, what they dream about, worry about, and so on and turns these responses into a complete poem. This tool will offer a fun alternative to traditional pre-writing tasks for all learners, […]

FUN FRIDAY: Getting your head around vocabularly words

When I saw this idea, it was so fun, I wanted to try it around the house this weekend- LOL! Mrs. Lewis (clearly a teacher worthy of being featured on FUN FRIDAY) at Mrs. Lewis’ Learning Library gives students word headbands to wear around the classroom. Learners don’t know their own word and have to […]